As a Catholic school our whole curriculum is underpinned by the values of the Gospels. We are developing the use of a new scheme of work "Caritas in Action" which teaches specific theme related to the social teaching of the Church. The Catholic faith perspective is not an added extra, which we teach and offer to the children, it is integrated into the whole life of the school and into all the aspects of the curriculum.
Through religious education, pupils study the Catholic tradition and come to an appropriate knowledge and understanding of the different religious dimensions of life. They are given the opportunity to examine their own religious attitudes and to respect the convictions of others.
The "Way the Truth and the Life" religious education programme is used throughout the school and the time spent on this area of the curriculum varies from 2 to 2.5 hours.
Each child takes part in a daily act of worship (5-10 minutes) and formal prayers are used to open and close the school daily sessions. Sacramental Preparation for Reconcilliation, Holy Communion and Confirmation is undertaken by the catechists of St. Peter's and St. Joseph's parishes.
Religious education is further enhanced and given expression through the liturgical life of the church by attendance and active participation in the Mass and the sacraments through the observance of religious services and festivals. Family Masses are held monthly on Sundays in both our school parishes.
Sex education falls within the general framework of Religious Education within the school, and in accordance with the moral and dogmatic teaching of the church. Parents are informed of any special programmes in sex education.
Bound together as we are, by the unity of our faith, the children's education is developed in an atmosphere of caring, sharing and example.
Parents have a legal right to request that their child be withdrawn from lessons in Religious Education or from acts of Collective Worship. This may be done in consultation with the Headteacher.